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Mahmoud Abd El Aziz Ramadan

New Cairo is ripe for discovery and Mahmoud Abd El Aziz Ramadan is determined to uncover every inch of it.

Navigator Biography

"Blessed with an instinct for discovery, Mahmoud Abd El Aziz Ramadan decided to harness his innate talents by becoming the Lead Navigator at the Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel. He worked his way to the position via a number of similar roles. He started by joining the concierge department of a downtown hotel where he picked up some key experience: arranging tours, dealing with guests and even operating a fleet of limousines. By the time Mahmoud joined the team at the Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel, which he describes as one big family, his skills were sharpened and he now feels able to anticipate guest needs without being asked for a service. It helps that he has an expert understanding of New Cairo, the sprawling city within a city where business and pleasure happily co-exist. Guests staying at the hotel based in the city can expect insights on where to eat, drink and shop, all drawn from Mahmoud's own experiences. He may point in you in the direction of his favorite cafe, where he fuels himself each morning with tasty coffee, or to a clothes shop on 90th Street where he likes to pick up some locally crafted attire. You can make a discovery every day, he says of the local area, the fun part is sharing the discovery with the guest. The Navigator role keeps Mahmoud busy - breakfast comes at 8 a.m. and late lunch is not taken until he clocks off at 8 p.m. but he always finds time to experience the city for himself. Often he will end a day with friends at his favorite Egyptian restaurant, or with a stroll round the labyrinthine bazaars of Khan el-Khalili, where you can take in unique vistas of the beguiling city. "

Step Pyramid of Saqqara - find
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Step Pyramid of Saqqara

If you want to see pyramids but avoid the crowds then the Step Pyramid of Saqqara is your best option when visiting Egypt.
Designed by Imhotep, chief architect of the III Dynasty pharaoh Djoser, this six-tiered funerary chamber was the first pyramid. Prior to its construction, pharaohs were buried beneath rectangular mastabas. Imhotep created a pyramid by stacking six increasingly smaller mastabas on top of each other. Later pharaohs took it a step further to create the pyramids seen at Giza and elsewhere. An extensive funerary complex surrounds the pyramid. It is a very atmospheric place and the highlight for many is wandering through the hypostyle hall and Great South Court, part of which has been rebuilt. Special permission is needed to enter the pyramid.
Address: North Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 285 4509
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Taha Hussein Museum

Dedicated to Taha Hussein's achievements, the highlights of this museum are his 7000-book library, medal display and rare music collection.
This establishment is a tribute to Dr. Taha Hussein, one of Egypt's most influential luminaries of the 20th Century. Albeit visually impaired since the age of three, Hussein published over 50 books on the country's social, political and cultural scenario. The government metamorphosed his former residence into a museum to honor the philosopher's contribution to Arabic literature and contemporary cultural history. The ground floor encompasses his study and a hall where his meetings with dignitaries were scheduled. Upstairs are three bedrooms, and the outdoor garden features a bust of the man himself.
Address: Helmiyat al-Ahram Street, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 391 3454
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Mosque-Madrassa of al Ghouri

Visit this historic mosque to see the Mamluk architecture and learn about the fascinating history of the second to last Mamluk sultan.
Built in 1504 by Sultan Quansuh al Ghouri, this building is a delightful example of Mamluk architecture. Situated opposite the mausoleum of al Ghouri, the two buildings form a fine monument to the Mamluk's. Look out for the unusual chimneypot minaret before you enter. The large entrance trilobate arch is beautifully decorated with stalactites. The entrance leads to a corrider that opens on to a central courtyard with four liwans. A visit here is well worth your time.
Address: In front of al Ghouri Mausoleum, Cairo, Egypt
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM

Basilica Church of Heliopolis

Egyptian architecture fuses with the grand designs of Byzantine cathedrals at the historic Basilica Church of Heliopolis.
Basilica Church of Heliopolis is a unique place of worship within Cairo's Heliopolis district. Established in 1910 by Belgian entrepreneur Baron Edouard Empain, the basilica's unique combination of design influences makes it an interesting religious site within this predominantly Muslim country. One of the centerpieces of the basilica is the Belgian organ, installed in 1914 and employing 1407 pipes to create a grand, ethereal sound. In 2000, an organization dedicated to preserving pipe organs refurbished this treasure, allowing visitors to once more hear the powerful music of hymns and liturgies. 
Address: Al Ahram Square, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 2415 2769
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Souq al-Gomaa

Haggle your way to the price you want, or at least one you can live with, at Souq al-Gomaa, Cairo's famous Friday market.
Souq al-Gomaa is a bustling outdoor market that happens every Friday in Cairo. The offerings are diverse to say the least, with antiques, vintage fashions, bicycles, toilets and live donkeys among the products sold week after week. Prices can often be lowered with some bargaining, but it is best to arrive earlier in the day in order to avoid the largest crowds.
Address: Salah Salem Street, Cairo, Egypt
Opening hours: Friday from 08:00 AM to 02:00 PM
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October War Panorama

This memorial, of Islamic architecture, commemorates Egypt's triumph over Israel in the historic war of 1973 with an interactive exhibition.
Located in Heliopolis, the October War Panorama is a testament of Egypt's victory over Israel in the war of 1973. This fort-like museum features three areas providing insights into the history of the war. One hall showcases a 15-minute multilingual documentary on the events, while nextdoor, a 360 degree film of the crossing of the Suez Canal is displayed in murals and 3D figures. Outdoors, visitors can view statues, original weaponry, military tanks and aircraft wreckage, as well as pick up souvenirs.
Address: Sharia al-Uruba, Corner of Ismail el-Fangari Street, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 391 3454

Abou El Sid

A huge selection of traditional Egyptian cuisine lies in hiding in the cavernous, romantic dining room of Abou El Sid.
Abou El Sid is easy to miss, an unmarked iron door the only notable landmark at the very edge of Zamalek. This clandestine entrance is the first hint toward Abou El Sid's atmosphere, a dimly lit dining room and antique furniture playing host to an authentic selection of Egyptian cuisine assembled from long-held recipes. Typical Egyptian favorites such as taameya (falafal) and babaghanoug are available as well as more regional dishes such as bessara, a fava and coriander dip, and kobeba, wheat and lamb meatballs paired with an eggplant spread. Main dishes are definitely the highlight here, exotic items such as stuffed pigeon and molokheya offering a unique experience. Don't miss the restaurant's Om Ali, a puff pastry-baklava hybrid that has gained rave reviews for this hole-in-the-wall eatery. 
Address: 157 26th of July Street, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 735 9640
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 02:00 AM
Kebdet El Prince - find
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Kebdet El Prince

Nothing gets between you and your food at stripped-down street food sensation Kebdat El Prince, a no nonsense Egyptian eatery in Giza.
Located on a loud sidestreet in Giza, Kebdat El Prince is an authentic Egyptian restaurant that gives visitors a taste for local life. A huge mix of Egyptians eat at this spot regularly, the straightforward Egyptian fare courting everyone from executives to working class locals. The menu consists mostly of traditional Egyptian dishes such as molokheya and fatta, although there are some slightly westernized items such as pasta with beef. Liver is the specialty here, ranging across several exotic varieties such as buffalo and camel, although veal and chicken are still represented. If you need a little assistance, the waiters are more than happy to jump in, especially if you hesitate while ordering. Massive portions of semi-greasy local fare means Kebdet El Prince isn't just a regional restaurant, its an Egyptian experience.
Address: 87 Talaat Harb, Imbaba, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 3710 9292
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 02:00 AM
Mizan - find
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Whether you stop by Mizan for a meal, coffee or shisha, you will be surrounded by creative community that fosters a rich sense of culture.
This concept cafe in the Maadi region aims to seamlessly blend culture, creativity and community. Mizan offers delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to drinks and shisha. The cafe also serves as an art space and performance venue for artists to display and sell their work and comedians and musicians to showcase their talents. 
Address: Villa 46, Road 9, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 102 000 3928
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 02:00 AM
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Abo Ammar El Soury

Line up early and get ready to taste traditional Syrian flavors and the best shawarma in Cairo at Abo Ammar El Soury.
Abo Ammar El Soury is a favorite destination for Syrian food in Cairo. Though the menu features soups, salads and a variety of sandwiches, this restaurant is especially known for its shawarma, meats that are grilled on a spit for as long as a full day. The ordering process can be a bit unorganized with patrons milling about waving their receipts, but the wait is worth it to get a taste of the best shawarma in the city.
Address: 8 Syria Street, Mohandessin, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 3762 3724
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Tom & Basal

In the mood to try something new and unique? Try an Egyptian dish called Koshary and you'll be coming back for seconds and thirds.
Tom & Basal is a restaurant chain specializing in Koshary. Koshary is an Egyptian staple that consists of pasta, rice, lentils, and chickpeas with a special sauce on top. They also serve feteer (an Egyptian flat bread) and pizzas. Delivery is available to select regions. A must try place for people interested in trying some authentic Egyptian fare.
Address: 5 El Nasr Road, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 02 2690 4620
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Lessa Faker

Atop the iconic riverboat, savor traditional Egyptian cuisine to the sounds of the Takht orchestra and views of the picturesque Nile.
Nestled on the upper deck of the Blue Nile Boat, in view of the scenic river Nile, Lessa Faker is a highlight among restaurants at this Zamalek landmark. In an intimate ambiance of dim lights, mahogany furnishings and velvet upholstery, the nostalgia of yesteryear Egyptian charm is hard to miss. On the menu are authentic traditional specialties and beverages. Start off with mezzas, hummus and bread, meat and cheese sambousak, followed by grilled pigeon or molokheya with roasted rabbit. For something less adventurous to your palate, opt for fattoush salad and shish tawouk. Oriental Takht performances as well as weekly belly-dancing entertainment enhances your dining experience.
Address: 9a Saray El Gezirah Street, Blue Nile Boat, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 735 3114